Deadmau5 Spent $15K On “Rick And Morty” McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce To Give To Fans [Listen]
As Dedmau5, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, explains in the new podcast, dubbed The Sauce, “I just kept bidding on that, and then ended up getting in touch with the guy personally about it. He said, ‘Well, I’ve been getting all these bids, and I think a lot of them are phony…’ I said, ‘Okay, I tell you what. You pull it down right now, and I’ll give you x-amount for it.’” The agreed-upon “x amount” wound up being roughly $15,000.In October of last year, Deadmau5 made good use of the hallowed Szechuan Sauce: He shared it with his fans during a performance in Toronto, giving about 1,000 fans some nuggets and a dip of the pricey condiment, however “shitty” it may be (as he says onstage in the clip below): The podcast also gives the McDonald’s perspective on the Szechuan phenomenon, as executives explain that they did not know who Deadmau5 was prior, or even that they had once made a Szechuan Sauce to begin with. Now, however, they are planning to re-introduce the sauce once again–promising more than enough stock for everyone to try a taste. Keep an eye out for it at your local Mickey D’s–It’ll surely be a shorter wait for the sauce than it will be for season 4…You can listen to The Sauce, the multi-episode investigative podcast about the insanity surrounding the Rick and Morty McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce, here in its entirety.[H/T – Billboard] In a new podcast sponsored by McDonald‘s, Canadian EDM superstar Deadmau5 explains how he came to procure a large jug of the infamous Rick and Morty promotional Szechuan Sauce for a hefty sum. Adult Swim cartoon sci-fi sitcom Rick and Morty has been a veritable goldmine for advertisers and merchandisers since its creation. The show, which follows the multi-dimensional misadventures of unhinged genius scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson/reluctant sidekick, Morty Smith, dominated the coveted Male 18-34 demographic last year, thoroughly eclipsing competing prime-time network TV ratings. Rick and Morty memorabilia has also become a lucrative market, as the show’s rabid cult following has proven to go to great lengths to cop any merchandise pertaining to the show. Anything? Anything. Even chicken nugget dipping sauce.Rick and Morty fans’ insane voracious hunger for Rick and Morty swag was best summed up by last year’s McDonald‘s Szechuan Sauce scandal. In the show’s season 3 premiere, Rick plots to go back in time so he can once again taste the limited edition Szechuan Sauce that the fast food giant briefly produced as a 1998 promotion for Disney‘s Mulan. In response to the episode’s popularity and the sudden demand it created, McDonald’s announced they’d re-release a limited amount of the infamous dipping sauce. However, they underestimated just how many people wanted this sauce, and to what extent they were willing to go to get their hands on it.Fans lined up at McDonald’s locations nationwide hours before restaurant locations opened in an attempt to snag a packet. Supplies quickly ran out, prompting riotous responses from the gathered masses. By the end of that day, the special edition sauce packets were selling for hundreds of dollars online. In addition to individual packets, a 64-ounce jug of the McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce sold for tens of thousands of dollars on eBay. Shortly after the big sale made waves on the Internet, it came out that the buyer was…none other than famously cartoon-prone DJ/producer Deadmau5.
The Light in the Piazza’s Kelli O’Hara & Victoria Clark Reunite
Star Files View Comments The Bridges of Madison County Victoria Clark Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 Related Shows Look who came to Madison County for a visit! Cinderella star Victoria Clark took a break from turning pumpkins into carriages to check in on a very special friend: The Bridges of Madison County star Kelli O’Hara! The pair, who played mother Margaret and daughter Clara in The Light in the Piazza on Broadway in 2005, reunited backstage at the Schoenfeld Theatre after a performance of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s new musical. O’Hara posted this gorgeous Hot Shot of the pair back together again on Twitter—do you see the resemblance? Catch O’Hara in Bridges and Clark in Cinderella on Broadway! Kelli O’Hara
Odds & Ends: Brits Eye Beautiful, Kinky & Dusty & More
A Child Explains Kinky Boots, Melts Our Hearts Speaking of Kinky Boots, the below video of a six-year-old explaining the show’s plot went viral this week. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to watch this and go all gooey inside. Happy Friday! Star Files Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments Beautiful, Kinky and Dusty’s London News A veritable plethora of news out of the West End today. Broadway.com has confirmed that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is likely to be heading to London’s Aldwych Theatre next year, however although its Tony-winning leading lady Jessie Mueller previously revealed to us that she would “gladly hop over the Pond for a while” to reprise her role, according to the Daily Mail, a British actress will headline the tuner in the U.K instead. Meanwhile, the Mail also reports that Kinky Boots is eyeing the Palace Theatre and that a new musical of Dusty Springfield, Dusty, is in the works, helmed by Jonathan Church with a script by Sandi Toksvig. Another tuner based on the pop legend, Forever Dusty, closed off-Broadway last spring. Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Tony-winning Billy Elliot Star Kiril Kulish’s Grown-Up Role We don’t feel old or anything. An all grown up Kiril Kulish, who won a Tony for playing the titular role in Billy Elliot, will appear opposite Twilight’s Booboo Stewart in the movie Sonata. Variety reports that the indie music drama will be penned by Matt Nicholas and Nastassja Sanchez and directed by Brendan Foley. Kulish will play the rival to the yet to be cast female lead. Jessie Mueller
Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other to Transfer to B’way
View Comments Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, which played off-Broadway at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre last spring, is heading to Broadway. The show will begin performances in February and open in March 2017 at a Shubert theater to be announced. Harmon previously penned the acclaimed Bad Jews for Roundabout.Directed by Trip Cullman, Significant Other explores the ups and downs (mostly downs) of singledom in the city. Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan finds that supporting the ones you love can be just as impossible as finding love itself.No official word yet on casting, but the off-Broadway company included Lindsay Mendez, Gideon Glick, Barbara Barrie, John Behlmann, Sas Goldberg, Carra Patterson and Luke Smith. Lindsay Mendez as Laura & Gideon Glick as Jordan Berman in ‘Significant Other’Joan Marcus
Traveling to visit family and friends during the holiday season doesn’t have to take time away from exercise, says a University of Georgia nutrition expert. “Visiting someone over the holiday doesn’t mean you have to sit at their house,” said Connie Crawley, a food, nutrition and health specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Invite your company to exercise with you, or leave them behind and find your way around a new place.” Crawley offers 10 tips on how to stay active over the holidays.1. Get to the airport early enough to walk to your flight’s concourse. Or, walk the entire way from the security check area to the last concourse before you go to your gate. At the airport in Atlanta, that distance is about a mile or a brisk 15-minute one-way walk. Add a backpack and you are adding some strength training. 2. When traveling by car, take a break and walk for 10-15 minutes at least every 2 hours. Many cities have parks. Check online for state parks along your route. A short walk can improve circulation, stiff muscles and joints, alertness and mood.3. If you belong to a YMCA or other fitness center, check for reciprocal agreements or day passes that can be obtained at fitness centers in your destination city. 4. If you stay at a hotel, look into the fitness center and be sure to pack your workout clothes and shoes. Some places may also have an agreement for using an off-site fitness center nearby. Also check for walking trails and other locations where you can add some variety to your workout. 5. If you are visiting friends or relatives, plan group activities. Take a bike ride on a greenway, a walk to see holiday decorations, enjoy a friendly game of touch football, golf or basketball or even some badminton, ping pong or bowling. In northern states, sledding, skiing or ice skating may be options. 6. When shopping at a mall, park as far away from the store as possible. Then walk the entire mall before you go there. 7. If getting outside is hard, dance to music or march in front of the TV for 30 minutes. 8. Pack rubber tubing or stretch bands in your suitcase to use to keep muscles toned. 9. Download yoga or Pilate’s workouts off the Web to take along, or bring an instruction book or DVD. 10. Buy fitness equipment, books or apparel as holiday gifts that others will be able to use not only during your visit, but also all year long.
Exploring the Palmetto Backcountry
I started to understand the true meaning of the Palmetto Backcountry as I made my way through a tunnel of trees along the back roads of McCormick, SC, one of the 5 counties in the Old 96 District of South Carolina. I have traveled South Carolina my entire life, but definitely not anywhere like this.As I turned off of SC State Highway 7 toward Hickory Knob State Resort Park, I passed a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course, which I followed up to the office where I parked my car, ready to begin a 2.3-mile hike along Beaver Run Trail. This hiking and biking trail runs along the shoreline, and offered some nice views of Lake Thurmond as I hiked up to the resort’s skeet shooting range. I had never shot skeet before this trip, but when you’re in the Palmetto Backcountry and the district that is home to the National Wild Turkey Federation Museum, skeet shooting seems only natural. After hitting my first 7 out of 10 shots and feeling like a real Annie Oakley, I missed my last 10, but was still awarded some shotgun shells and a clay pigeon.Next, I made the short drive to Earth Connection Outfitters to rent a stand up paddle board. My adventure began at Hickory Knob where I enjoyed a refreshing paddle in and out of the coves of Lake Thurmond. The remote location was great for a first time paddler like myself, where I didn’t have to worry about wakes from nearby boats. It was also a great, relaxing way to unwind from the day’s activities.After having worked up quite an appetite, I decided to check out a few local restaurants, starting with dinner at The Mill House and Good Times Brewing in nearby Greenwood, SC. I ordered Pauley’s Preferred pizza, which was hand-tossed, and topped with fresh vegetables and homemade red sauce, one of their six homemade options. The pizza was baked in a brick oven, which gave the crust and vegetables the perfect crispy finish. Good Times Brewing, one of the 4 microbrew pubs in the district, offered 10 different locally made brews on tap, and what goes better with pizza than beer?After a full day of adventures, I headed back to Hickory Knob Lodge for a good night’s rest. The next day, I was hungry…again, so I decided to check out the Sunday brunch at the Carriage House Restaurant at Inn on the Square in Greenwood, and it definitely did not disappoint. In the south, brunch is a meal that combines breakfast and lunch, but here, brunch is an entire ballroom full of perfectly cut fruit, southern soul food, fresh seafood, sauces, dips, desserts, and everything in between. The variety and quality of the food, accompanied by a live blues band, was the cherry on top of a great weekend in the district.As much as I would have liked to explore all of the other activities, restaurants, and historic sites that the district has to offer, it just gives me an excuse to come back. Cheers to new adventures in Old 96.
CUNA learns Supreme Court will hear Fair Housing case
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA learned Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court ruling that raises important questions about the scope of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). CUNA, along with other trade organizations, filed a strong amici curae brief in the case in April.The lawsuit is City of Miami v. Bank of America and City of Miami V. Wells Fargo, and it involves a decision by the 11th Circuit Court. Miami brought suit against the two banks arguing that discriminatory actions against city residents entitles the city to damages for indirect harm. The city argued that foreclosures and other events stemming from unfavorable mortgages resulted in lost revenue from lower property taxes and other incurred expenses.CUNA warned that the lower court ruling could set a bad precedent that would allow other entities, such as neighboring residents, municipalities and even local businesses, to maintain suits against financial institutions, even if the entity never had any direct dealings with a credit union or bank. CUNA’s brief urged the Supreme Court to reverse the 11th Circuit Court’s decision, and it cited other recent rulings from the Supreme Court itself, a lack of standing, and the unnecessary expansion of potential liability for lenders without any limiting factor. continue reading »
In times of crisis, reputation is everything
In 2018, the Reputation Institute estimated 63% of the general public will give companies with excellent reputations the benefit of doubt when a crisis hits. In the age of COVID, protests, upcoming elections, and near-hourly economic shifts, a crisis that touches your credit union isn’t just possible, it’s almost inevitable. The other inevitability is that if someone’s hearing about your credit union for the first time, or you have a member wanting to know what the story is, they’re likely to look online before talking to your team in person.What that means for you is if your team isn’t actively monitoring online reputation, it’s time to start. Online reputation management opportunities are abundant, and the earlier you jump in to monitor and manage your reputation, the less of an uphill climb you’ll have if and when something goes wrong. Why? A good reputation is more than just being listed somewhere. It’s showing that you listen and respond. That includes replying to both the negative and the positive. Research backs it up, too; when you respond, people are willing to change what may have otherwise been a negative view of your credit union. The question isn’t if you have an online reputation, it’s a question of if you want to participate in the conversations already happening about you, or not. Luckily, most credit unions have some kind of online reputation or digital reputation management program in place, even if it’s informal. It could be that your Marketing or Communications team is keeping an eye on social media for you. Perhaps your PR or advertising agency forwards news reports that impact you. Or perhaps you have a robust formal digital reputation solution that seems to capture a wide range of online mentions. No matter how formal or informal your program, however, the internet is a vast landscape. There are a few categories of services and websites that are often missed when it comes to digital reputation management, all of which may be worth consideration in your processes. Employment websitesAs Jill Nowacki pointed out on CUInsight a few weeks ago, now is the time to find great hires for your credit union. When those great employees start looking at your CU online, what are they likely to find? During the last economic downturn, a full 69% of people said that they would turn down a job from a company with a bad reputation, even if they were unemployed. And if you have an excellent reputation, you could save up to 10% per hire. If you or your HR Team haven’t perused Glassdoor, Indeed, Kununu, or FairyGodBoss, it may be time to take a look. Some of these sites, such as Glassdoor and Indeed, offer free profiles where you can claim and edit your information, as well as reply to reviews. Other sites, such as FairyGodBoss, require a paid subscription. A good rule of thumb is that if you have more than 5 reviews, or 1 review for every 100 employees, a subscription may be worth considering. Location ListingsWhile the unwanted phone calls telling you that you need to claim your Google listing right away are spam, there is a nugget of truth in them: you actually can and should claim those listings.However, you don’t need to pay anyone to do it for you. Google My Business is a free service that allows you to manage the hours, names, and reviews Google displays for your business in search results. Bing, Apple Maps, and Facebook have similar options. Yelp does have some limited free capability as well. Wherever it is, the location listing can often be one of the first impressions someone gets of your credit union online, so they’re worth taking the time to make sure they put your best foot forward – and continue to do so. App ReviewsWhen a member decides to (finally!) download that app you’ve been asking them to use for years, what kind of an impression are they getting? Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store both display app reviews right next to your credit union’s carefully branded app name. Sometimes these reviews are legitimately about your app experience — and sometimes members take the opportunity to leave feedback as a chance to share just about any experience they’ve had with your credit union. Both Apple and Google allow the registered developers for your app to reply to reviews, and if that’s not something your team is at least monitoring and handling, it could well be worth considering. In my experience, members don’t differentiate between calling your contact center and leaving an app review asking for help. Either way, they think they’re contacting their credit union. Are you leaving them hanging?Financial Niche SitesFor beer lovers, Untappd is the go-to review site. Bookworms love Goodreads. So how about those who love nothing more than a well-constructed budget, or are comparing where they should put their savings? NerdWallet, CreditKarma, and WalletHub are all popular sites that offer members the chance to leave reviews of your credit union or its products. As with all other review sites, it’s important to use the opportunity to respond not only to positive reviews, but to show that you listen to feedback, have made changes when appropriate, and do your best to solve the issue(s) if they can be solved. BBB WebsiteIf your CU is a member of the Better Business Bureau or not, you likely already have a profile on their website. There’s a unique two-layer review system with the BBB site. There are the official complaints and reviews that anyone can submit to the BBB through their system. And then there’s the “Customer Reviews and Complaints” section of their business profile. The BBB doesn’t manage or handle these reviews the same way they do official complaints, so they can be easily missed – and just as easily picked up and shown to someone who is researching your organization. WikipediaIt’s an oldie but goodie — and often the first place search engines will look for information on your organization. If you haven’t taken a look at your Wikipedia page lately, head on over. It’s possible you have an enthusiastic fan or employee who has been keeping the page fastidiously updated. It’s just as likely that nobody has even looked at the page since 2004. A word of warning when you go to update things, however — you need to cite your sources, and “because I work there and I know this” doesn’t count as a source. Work with your PR team or Marketing department to refer back to webpages, news articles, or other published information that support the edits you’re making. In the end, you don’t have to do it alone. Online reputation management can feel overwhelming. There’s always somewhere else that seems to be listing your hours all wrong, an angry member finds somewhere new to complain (Ripoff Report, seriously?), and another prospecting email in your inbox from one more service that wants you to pay to play on their platform. The thing that’s important to keep in mind is that nobody has to do it all. HR may be able to help with employment sites, your IT team with app reviews, branch managers may be able to help with location listings, and a particularly enthusiastic intern or frontline employee may love editing Wikipedia anyway. There are plenty of people already in your organization ready, willing, and able to help — it’s just a matter of pointing them in the right direction and giving them some guidance on how and what to say on your behalf. There are also plenty of tools, both free and paid, that can help monitor, assign out, and categorize conversations. In both the short and long run, managing your online reputation will pay off. It helps attract new members, keeps the members you have happy, and improves your reputation in the community. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andrea Parrish With over 20 years of communications and digital media experience, Andrea Parrish has lived in many worlds. She’s been a successful Kickstarter-funded small business owner, speaker on hundreds of conference … Web: andreaparrish.com/tinytall-consulting Details
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India’s coronavirus case tally nears 3.8 million as country reopens
A dozen metro services including in the capital New Delhi would be allowed to reopen from Sept. 7, India’s urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown in March when the country was reporting fewer than 100 daily cases, winning praise from some experts for early action but warnings from others the restrictions had been imposed too soon.India’s economy shrank by nearly a quarter in April-June, data showed on Monday, much more than forecast and placing pressure on policymakers to kick-start growth, despite the high number of new cases.The chief minister of Goa, a popular tourist destination that has relaxed quarantine rules to attract visitors, said on Wednesday he had tested positive for the virus.”Those who have come in my close contact are advised to take the necessary precautions,” Pramod Sawant, a member of Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said in a tweet.Authorities in the capital New Delhi are due to meet later on Wednesday to discuss the reopening of the city’s metro, despite fresh cases there sitting at a two-month high. Topics : India said on Wednesday it would allow metro services to reopen nationwide, despite the number of novel coronavirus infections there reaching almost 3.8 million.The country reported 78,357 new cases in the last 24 hours, federal health data showed, taking total infections to 3,769,523. Some 66,333 people have died.India’s total cases lag only the United States and Brazil, which it will overtake in days based on current trends.